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03 Jul 2017 11:35:00
On talk sport, Jim White is saying Rooney is off to Everton. I think he would do well there especially as he will be really motivated for his boyhood club. I can see Everton being a real force this season. Would you guys be happy if we got Ross Barclay as part of the deal.


1.) 03 Jul 2017 11:54:46
Everton a real force hahaha.

2.) 03 Jul 2017 11:57:10
Not in anyway. Ross Barkley is bang average, always has been. Why would we want him? Where would he play?

3.) 03 Jul 2017 12:07:36
I don't want anything coming back the other way in this one. Barkley is only rated as he is English - his talent will be wasted. He should be up there with Alli in performance levels.

4.) 03 Jul 2017 12:20:51
Don't know how true but I was told Rooney was lined up for a coaching role at Everton next summer.

5.) 03 Jul 2017 12:32:07
I'd let rooney leave for free, we had the best Rooney years a while back so let him go and end his PL career with Everton. Oh and no I wouldn't want Barkley either.

6.) 03 Jul 2017 12:48:44
I thought Everton were making decent steps last season. Signings so far been ok. I wouldn't write them off.

7.) 03 Jul 2017 12:52:56
If Lukaku was part of the deal then how would you feel?

8.) 03 Jul 2017 13:37:10
Probably the new driver Jred.

9.) 03 Jul 2017 13:47:30
Everton have a good manager and made some astute signings. They will push for a top 4 spot this season i suspect but i'd imagine they will come up short.
As for rooney going back there. It would be nice for him to play out his career for the team and club he loves. He has had a great career at united ultimately 3 years too long probably but he will leave with the thanks of all supporters ringing in his ears i'd say. i'm sure when he conned back to OT he will get a great reception from the fans who will look back and ignore the last few years and remember the good times.

10.) 03 Jul 2017 13:50:39
conned? Who has he conned ken? ;)

11.) 03 Jul 2017 14:46:23
Would thank Rooney for his service and let him go for free to everton. Big wages off the books, but wouldn't want Barkley everton fans don't want him .

12.) 03 Jul 2017 14:58:15
I'd definitely let him go for free, it's the sensible business decision. Nobody is going to pay for him and I don't even know what value he has as a footballer, it's commercially where a buying lcub would see the benefits. Big wage bill off the books too.

He should and will go down as a legend.

The only reason I can't see him going to Everton (other than wages) is because I really don't see how he will get in their team.

13.) 03 Jul 2017 15:27:52
I would straight swap rooney and or fellaini for barkley. Putting aside how good you think barkley is it would make finacial sense. In this market you could sell barkley on for at least 30m next year.

I agree with most that barkley has been overrated in the past but he isn't average. He contributed to 13 league goals last season that's more than most of our squad members managed.

14.) 03 Jul 2017 17:06:08
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Got a good old fashioned friend of a friend rumour for you.
My brother in law, his girlfriend's dad is an Everton fan and he has said today the Lu Lu Lukaku is heading to United. Can't say I believe it but as I've said before I'd be happy if that came off.

15.) 03 Jul 2017 19:07:56
I can see lukaku coming tbh. I personally think he would be a brilliant signing for us. Good old fashioned striker who has consistently scored goals in teams that aren't challenging for the league. i'm not saying everton are bad side but if he can get the goals there surely with a bit of a step up he's going to score more.

16.) 04 Jul 2017 11:39:22
I like Barkley, not sure he is good enough for CL level. Had the potential, but not kicked on, so I'd give him a swerve.

In terms of Rooney - my prediction is he will start off well for 3-4 games, then by Xmas he will phased out of the team when they realise he is not mobile/ capable enough for the way they play. If we can get away with not paying any of his wages then it's a phenomenal way to get out of jail. I'd let him go for free of course, in fact I'd let him go if they offered to send us Gibson, Phil Neville and Tim Howard as part of the deal, lol.




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13 May 2018 08:04:51
Wonder if neymar to Real Madrid will be contingent on either Ronaldo or Bale moving out.


1.) 13 May 2018 09:45:01
Bale it seems will be off. If he can stay fit I would love him. Not sure he can stay fit.

2.) 13 May 2018 10:35:51
Doubt it will happen this summer. Real have a big rebuild on the cards, and can’t afford to add Neymar to the mix.

3.) 13 May 2018 17:07:01
The fact Bale celebrates a goal by sucking has thumb immediately disqualifies him for me. He was a great player but he seems far too fragile now, and this is in the Spanish League where tackling is a lot less fierce.

4.) 13 May 2018 18:17:30
Rumour has it we will be after Neymar and Real can’t afford him.

5.) 13 May 2018 18:34:35
Stay away from injury prone players. We’ve had our fair share off them. Plus RM would want a ridiculous fee as well.



11 May 2018 08:50:09
Just a few reflections on last night. Firstly Shaw had a good game but he cramped up late on and still looks to be "chunky". I really do think he needs a run of games to get properly match fit. Young was left out but will surely play in the FA Cup. Jose is not wrong when he says we have had a decent season. Not great but definitely better than recent ones. For all their great football Liverpool and Spurs are lower in the league. Going forward it may be that if we can find a Cantona like player he could help inspire the team. Zlatan was that player when he came. His presence lifted the whole team. City have de bruyne and Liverpool Salah. Barcelona have Messi and RM have Ronaldo. The problem is finding such players. Lastly if we want to be fair to Jose we need to judge him when he has the players he wants and they play with the mentality he has.


1.) 11 May 2018 10:42:40
Agreed shaw still looks chunky but I thought he was one of our better players last night. Not that anybody particularly stood out. You would expect pogba to be that Cantona type of player. We’ve paid big bucks for him and it’s time he starts consistently leading this team and taking games by the scruff of the neck. He’s shown he can do it but it’s too fleeting unfortunately. Tactics don’t help him but it’s time he stood up and be the star man of this team that we need so dearly. The lack of leaders is a serious problem in this team and it’s so evident when we are under pressure.

2.) 11 May 2018 11:31:30
I can remember less than 5 games where Shaw hasn't been one of our best players if played. The manager clearly doesn't rate him, but whenever I watch him play I always tend to come away thinking "why is he not playing as he did nothing wrong and a lot right". Just imagine if he was allowed to gain match fitness!

Shaw is a bit similar to how Rooney would have turned out had SAF had a grudge. Certain players have problems keeping the weight off and need to play, sure as professionals they should keep fit, but everyone has a vice, their's is just easy to spot. I can't help but feel a different manager would have used Shaw to their advantage not as a scapegoat. Shaw puts in the effort, plays with heart and attacking intent - but he carries timber. Much rather that than most of our players who lack heart!

Literally every time Shaw plays he is in the top 3 performers for us and that is despite rustyness! He brings 10X more to the table than Ashley Young.

3.) 11 May 2018 11:42:28
Shaw has done well every time he has played .

4.) 11 May 2018 11:49:56
Good post beast agree with all that. Loved seeing shaw pile drive into 4 West Ham players to back pogba up after noble tried to scratch his face. Always plays with passion and desire. I am still baffled as to why Young gets picked over him. Decisions like these are the reason why fans doubt Jose. I firmly believe if shaw moves elsewhere and gets a run of games he will be in the top 3 lbs in the league. I can see us signing a lb for next season and young being played rb. Yes young has had some good performances but he shouldn’t be anywhere near our first team if we have aspirations of winning the league.



01 May 2018 21:47:53
So Madrid get through again. Bayern were unlucky but what was apparent was how hard the whole Madrid team worked to defend. Exactly the approach Jose wants from our players. Even Ronaldo who normally stays upfield was back defending when necessary.


1.) 02 May 2018 06:26:21
I thought Madrid were pants. Over the 2 legs Bayern created a lot more chances but couldn’t put the ball in the net, they will be gutted. As for aronaldo he was pretty anonymous on both legs, which I guess proves they are not just a one man team.



25 Apr 2018 14:32:18
Anyone heard more about the rumour of Bale to Bayern I could see why he would go there.


1.) 25 Apr 2018 15:26:48

2.) 25 Apr 2018 17:20:21
Fantastic medical facilities there.

3.) 25 Apr 2018 22:28:49
Love yr humour guys.



05 Mar 2018 22:49:52
Even though Sanchez hasn't found his best form recently I hope we all back him. Also speaking of Sanchez he now knows what it's like to play with a bit of balls unlike Arsenal who are with rare exceptions spineless.


1.) 06 Mar 2018 02:31:19
He’s a tryer and Man Utd fans love a player like that, allways have so he will be backed no doubt and why shouldn’t he be, he has so many good attributes and I don’t wanna knock him because he’s such a good player but I really think his ball rentention spoils him. i get the fact he tries things others won’t but so often the pass he’s looking for is not even on and he’s forcing things. Definitely something he should look to improve on.




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15 May 2018 21:34:56
Not sure I want a 29 going on 30 Yr old centre back as our main man in defence. I want someone who is 25 or 26 and just about to come into their prime and give us 4 or 5 years good service. Aldeweirauld is a good player no doubt but I don't think he is particularly fast and his pace will only diminish as he gets older.




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10 May 2018 17:39:01
He is a good player but he is too old. We need to build like City and like Utd of old younger players please.




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30 Apr 2018 23:35:44
I hope Pereira gets a chance.




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15 Apr 2018 23:07:32
Ed 2 I totally an understand the concept of getting players to fit the team. I can understand City being interested in them but they have already have a very strong core bedded in. We don't. We need two fullbacks possibly another centre half and definitely at least one midfielder and wide player. City already have almost two players for every position. In some positions they have three choices! Ultimately though any team has to have a solid foundation to build on and a defined pattern of play which allows the players the confidence to perform to their best. We have neither. Winning last week just papered over the cracks. The good thing from today's loss is that maybe Jose gets the funds he needs to buy the players needed to get us back to where we used to be. I do not believe Jose is past it. The players today have to take the brunt of criticism. To play so poorly and without urgency and passion is not the fault of the manager. For all the faults he may have Jose would not instruct a team of his to play like that. The players need to man up and show some character.


{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what you expect. You are underwhelmed because MC has better, I explain that four of these players are also interesting MC, and now the problem is that MC have more choices. What is it you are expecting?}



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15 Apr 2018 21:48:24
Thanks Ed much appreciated. Frankly though I am rather underwhelmed by most of the players you mentioned. Yes they are generally very good players but fee are what I would term truly world beaters. You can be sure City will strengthen and even if they didn't I don't think the players you named would make City quake in their boots. Additionally City are by and large a young team who will only grow stronger together.


{Ed002's Note - You have to have players who fit in the team and four of these are players MC are interested in.}




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13 May 2018 22:43:53
Interesting selection of views guys. I think the one common point agreed by most of us is that if Jose gets the players he wants then the team will perform better. The big question is whether they will perform with the panache we expect or desire. I would say that if you look at his first Chelsea title winning teams and Madrids too they played fast attacking football and scored lots of goals. He was given the tools to win in style. Imagine how much better our attacking play would be if we had a Lampard or Ronaldo or Hazard. Imagine if Jose had taken over a Utd squad with a Vidic, a Scholes, a Keane and a Van Nistleroy in. He would have won titles all right

The truth is that Sir Alex was an amazing motivator but he left his successors with an ageing squad and his succession was not handled properly. David Gill leaving was as big a blow as Sir Alex`s departure. City had been planning and building for several years in advance of Peps arrival. The owners brought in a management structure from Barca. I have no proof as such but I am convinced that Pep was consulted about the players he wanted well before he was named as City's manager. Pep is a great manager no doubt but how many Champions League titles did he win in the past 15 years? He had possibly the greatest midfield ever assembled at Barcelona plus unlimited funds there. He also had only Real Madrid and latterly Atletico as domestic opposition capable if challenging his team. Likewise in Germany he had access to a decent transfer kitty and even more limited domestic challengers. Yet he has not dominated other managers in the Champions League. He only manages elite clubs. Yes he has earned the right now to do so but I woukd argue that in a way it is harder to do what the managers of Burnley and Palace and Huddersfield did this season with tiny budgets and inferior players.

One other thing and that is whenever Jose leaves if he has been given backing by the board in the transfer market we will have a much stronger squad than we do now.

Lastly as supporters we should get behind the manager and team wholeheartedly. We should always strive to be the 12th man that gives our team that vital advantage. Our support will help the team to feel confident. It's basic psychology. People feel getter as a rule when praised and supported rather than when they are being criticised.




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13 May 2018 19:49:31
I think that is unfair to Jose and the team. Despite not having a settled defence he has managed to make sure we didn't concede many goals. Shoring up the defence meant we had a lack of balance and options further upfield which was exacerbated by us having no natural wingers. He wanted to buy Perisic but was denied this for whatever reason. In other seasons we may well have won the league with our points total. It's also not Jose's fault that quite a few of the players he inherited did not perform as they should have the Sevilla game comes to mind as a prime example. He is attempting to instill a winking mentality back into the team and is pragmatic. He knows teams only win things with a strong defensive base from which attacks later can come. Even Pep recognised this by buying a whole back five unit. Pep bought two fullbacks two centre halves and. Goalkeeper If Jose gets the men he wants in this transfer window then next season we will be much more able to attack.




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04 May 2018 01:32:31
It was against Arsenal. Who won't even make top 4 in Premier league hard to judge on that basis.




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03 May 2018 01:00:43
De Gea at the moment is the best keeper in the world. He plays to a consistently high standard rarely makes mistakes regularly makes saves which border on miraculous.




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01 May 2018 23:35:57
I hope Bailly stays he looked a lot more accomplished than Smalling. The latter is not good enough against the very best.